The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

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Five Finds on Friday: Kathryn Saul

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Kathryn Saul, of Vivace. Saul’s Picks:

1) Chorizo Tacos and Shrimp Tacos at Al Carbon. “You get four to an order, so I always get two of each. Al Carbon is a family favorite and I swear we are there at least every other week. I always get the spicy green salsa to go with it. Delicious.”

2) Panang Curry at Thai Cuisine & Noodle House. “I get chicken and medium spice. Something about the coconut curry sauce with the green peas is my comfort food. They have such a delicious and diverse menu that there is always something for everyone.”

3) Bacon Cheeseburger at Riverside. “This is probably my favorite thing/place to eat.  Everyone is so welcoming the food is everything you want it to be.”

4) Charred Carrots at Oakhart Social.  “I have to get these every time I go and honestly I do not love cooked carrots, and would have never ordered these on my own if it wasn’t for the sharing plates there, but now I’m hooked. Those sweet and spicy pecans with the buttermilk ranch are the perfect combination.”

5) Tortilla Espanola at MAS Tapas. “Thinly sliced, perfectly cooked potatoes and egg with crusty bread and the crunch of sea salt. Melts in your mouth. MAS is a favorite date night spot and it is so hard not to get everything on their menu.”

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Al Carbon Auction: The “29” Molcajete and Margarita Party

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Here is your chance to experience Al Carbon like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Al Carbon has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Al Carbon, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

Perfect for group bidding, the Al Carbon signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

The “29” Molcajete and Margarita Party

Al Carbon is beloved for its menu of traditional Mexican foods from the hometowns of owners Myriam and Claudio and Hernandez. The winner and their guests – a party of 29(!) – will enjoy a traditional Mexican meal never offered before at Al Carbon: molcajete. The group will have the entire restaurant to themselves for a party and four course meal centered around molcajete mixto – a unique lava bowl overflowing with seasoned picaña, chorizo, and Al Carbon’s signature rotisserie chicken – garnished with cheese, baby grilled onions, grilled cactus leaves, cilantro and guacamole. Served with rice, beans and tortillas. 

Plus, the group will enjoy a full open bar, including, newly available at Al Carbon: margaritas and other cocktails. It’s the ultimate Al Carbon experience: The “29” Molcajete and Margarita Party.

Note: The auction winner will schedule their party on a mutually convenient Monday through Thursday for Al Carbon.

Bidding

Bidding for the Al Carbon experience has ended. Winning bid: $1,700

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Five Finds on Friday: Eva Solano

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Eva Solano, the Little Star sous chef who has an immigration hearing this month to decide whether she may remain in the country. As the primary provider for her family, Solano is fighting deportation so she can continue to support her family in the United States. You can help her with her battle, as she incurs mounting legal fees and other costs. Help Solano here. Solano’s picks:

1) Tacos de Lengua at El Tako Nako. “It is not hard to know why I love tacos. Tacos are a part of my heritage and roots. As well, this food truck is open until midnight and is convenient. After working a long night in the restaurant, I want to get something fast and yummy.”

2) Ankimo at TEN Sushi. “For some reason, I like to eat liver. The technique used at TEN Sushi when poaching the liver and preparing the components that form the dish work well. It is a very unique and yet simple dish.”

3) Pollo at Al Carbon. “As a working mother, when I was not able to cook for my family, I would always get the pollo from here. My fiance always jokes that I cook all day for other people, but am not able to cook for my own family. We love this pollo. It reminds us of the times we lived in NYC and had all the cultural influences. This pollo is prepared in a traditional Peruvian style and is a family favorite.”

4) Menudo at Super Amanecer. “If you ever want to recover from a hangover, this stew made from cow’s stomach and red chili pepper can save you! This is again very traditional after a long celebration. It reminds me of what my mom would make after holiday parties.”

5) Mole at Little Star. “The first time Chef Ryan said we were going to make mole, I was concerned as it is one of the most difficult, signature Mexican sauces. Sometimes it can have more than twenty different ingredients and takes us two days to create. I have been a chef for fine dining French, Japanese, and Italian cuisines, and I am so excited to make such an authentic sauce from Mexican cultures that is used for celebrations. When I tasted it, I was impressed with the results. Chef makes me proud to show Charlottesville that Mexican ingredients and techniques can compare with fine-dining cuisines of the world.”

Al Carbon Rotisserie Chicken, Charlottesville, VA 10/05/2015

Photo by Tom McGovern